Six weeks forward of a brand new Sleater-Kinney album launch, drummer Janet Weiss has exited the band. In a put up on social media captioned “Big changes,” Weiss wrote, “after intense deliberation and with heavy sadness, I have decided to leave Sleater-Kinney. … it is time for me to move on.”
Signed to the unbiased label Mother + Pop Music, a brand new St. Vincent-produced album is due out on August 16. The band launched a brand new music from the gathering, “Hurry on Home,” in Might. It is also planning an intensive fall North American tour that kicks off on Sept. 5.
Weiss cites the band “heading in a new direction” as trigger for her departure. Curiously, when the group revealed its return, Weiss was quoted as saying, “it was liberating to explore a different sound palette.”
Her announcement put up elicited supportive reactions from such esteemed musicians as Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, Cat Energy and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, amongst others.
The band is rounded out by guitarist Corin Tucker and singer and guitarist Carrie Brownstein who posted on the official Sleater-Kinney account, “We are saddened by Janet’s decision to leave Sleater-Kinney. It has been an incredible privilege to work with such a talented musician and drummer over the course of so many albums.”
The group is managed by Ahead Artist Administration, which additionally handles Jack Antonoff, Bleachers, RZA and Moses Sumney.
The New York-based Mother + Pop is the label house of Courtney Barnett, Tom Morello, Lucius, Alice Merton, Tash Sultana and others.